Railroad safety tips - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Railroad safety tips

Posted: Updated:

MARION -- All too often we have to report accidents and deaths involving trains versus cars. It often happens when drivers try to beat the train, and misjudge.

Illinois has more than 10,000 railway crossings. That's the second most in the state. Making it even more important for us here at home to know the rules. 

More than 50 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices such as crossing arms and flashing lights. But what we learned, is that those lights aren't stopping people and this can turn deadly.

"There is a high, high likelihood that a fatality versus just an injury will occur," said Illinois State Trooper Joey Watson.  

Last year alone, 24 people were killed at railroad crossings and nearly 80 were injured. A lot of those deaths were caused by distracted driving. 

"In about 25 percent of the train versus vehicle crashes, it's where the vehicle struck the side of the train," said Watson. 

Watson says that the force of a train hitting your car is the same as if your car were to run over a soda can. 

His advice is to heed the warnings. Never weave through the gates, make sure you're not distracted by your phone when driving across tracks and to always pay attention. 

Watson also said that drivers need to be stopping when the lights are flashing, not just when the crossing gates are down.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Historians bring to life famous leaders of the Civil War

    Historians bring to life famous leaders of the Civil War

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 10:00 AM EDT2018-10-17 14:00:56 GMT

    CARTERVILLE -- The 14th Annual Civil War Days at John A. Logan college will feature both Union and Confederate Generals. 

    CARTERVILLE -- The 14th Annual Civil War Days at John A. Logan college will feature both Union and Confederate Generals. 

  • 'Clue' coming to the stage at Marion High School

    'Clue' coming to the stage at Marion High School

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:41 AM EDT2018-10-17 13:41:53 GMT

    MARION, Ill. -- A board game turned movie is now a stage production for high school students. 

    MARION, Ill. -- A board game turned movie is now a stage production for high school students. 

  • Locals give heroes welcome to honor flight veterans

    Locals give heroes welcome to honor flight veterans

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-10-17 04:10:49 GMT

    MARION, Ill -- An estimated 3,000 supporters attended the Welcome Home celebration at Veterans Airport Tuesday. When participants arrived back from a full day of touring war memorials in Washington D.C., they were greeted by locals waving American flags and homemade banners.  

    MARION, Ill -- An estimated 3,000 supporters attended the Welcome Home celebration at Veterans Airport Tuesday. When participants arrived back from a full day of touring war memorials in Washington D.C., they were greeted by locals waving American flags and homemade banners.  

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.